Alien Contact

Alien Contact


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Alien Contact by Marty Halpern

Are we alone? From War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ET to Close Encounters, creators of science fiction have always eagerly speculated on just how the story of alien contact would play out. Editor Marty Halpern has gathered together some of the best stories of the last 30 years, by today's most exciting genre writers, weaving a tapestry that covers a broad range of scenarios: from the insidious, to the violent, to the transcendent.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597802819
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 656,815
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

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Alien Contact 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fine collection, pretty much as diverse as you could get. Well worth it.
withspirit More than 1 year ago
I am completely enjoying this book! I covers the entire range of first contact situations, from benign aliens which make us look horrific ("The 43 Antarean Dynasties" and "Amanda and the Alien"), to aliens who make us look like innocent children ("Face Value" and "Swarm") to an in-between, unimaginable, difference where human understanding is impossible ("Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl's" and "Recycling Strategies for the Inner City"). The editor, Marty Halpern, has done an amazing job of selecting stories for this anthology. Given how great these are, I would welcome a book of the second place stories!
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
Night Shade Books always does a good job with their anthologies, and this one is no exception. There's some great stuff in here. Just ignore the "ET meets CE3K" cover.
Anonymous 5 days ago
These short stories varied in readability and some had less than engaging story lines but the collection overall was entertaining.
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When I bought the book, I expected to like one or two of them, maybe three, and the rest would be filler. On the contrary, I liked every one of them, and am planning on going back to re-read several. It's hard to pick a favorite, so instead of that I'll just say that the only story that I saw the ending coming was "MAXO" but it's still a very well done and humorous story. I was also pleased that I had previously read only two of them; the editor did a good job in picking fresh material.
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pen21 More than 1 year ago
Alien Contact is a great collection of stories about alien contact. A variety of authors were chosen giving the book a wide range of views of contact (Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ursula LeGuin). Great gift for any scifi reader.
Ravenscroft More than 1 year ago
Not to my taste, positively. After I painstakingly skimmed and limped through 4th story, I could say this book was a horrible choice. Things are on the subjective side of every story... do you ever did the mistake of watching those dummy shows such "ancient aliens" or "paranormal things" ? It's worse than that. I don't know what the collector was thinking about but this really sooks ! And now I am mad trying to find the button to "return it" !